The Downfall of Doc Ock
Spiderman 2, 2004 (Tobey Maguire)
From the pages of the comic, Doc Ock was superbly brought to life by Alfred Molina. Like Norman Osborne, Otto Octavius was a scientist, who ended up as his own test subject. He had developed a set of “arms” that were guided by artificial intelligence yet connected to his own spine and brain stem. One tiny little device was to be a safeguard restricting the arms from controlling him. After he donned the mechanical arms, the safeguard subsequently malfunctioned and the artificial intelligence in the machines began to control him.
Initially, the research of Dr. Octavius was driven by the desire to provide an abundant source of energy for all mankind. We can notice here the good intentions behind the plan, but as the saying goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” As the vision approached reality, Dr. Octavius saw that he could be the one to control this massive energy. He desired to have “the power of the sun in the palm of his hand.” This lust for power and the influence of the arms combined to transform Otto Octavius into Doc Ock.
The lust for power was also responsible for the transformation of Lucifer, an archangel, into Satan. In the book of Isaiah, God foretells the return of Israel and the subsequent downfall of the king of Babylon. Through the imagery, we realize that we are really being told of the fall of Satan before he showed up as a serpent in the Garden of Eden. Notice his lust for power in Isaiah 14:12-15. Initially he is a “shining morning star” but he falls to the deepest regions of Hell. There are five “I will” statements that display his lust for power:
1. I will ascend to the heavens (v13a),
2. I will set up my throne above the stars of God (v13b),
3. I will sit on the mount of the gods (v13c),
4. I will ascend above the highest clouds (v14a), and
5. I will make myself like the Most High (v14b).
No matter your intentions, desiring power will put you in league with Hell. Instead, let us spend our time and energy glorifying God. He is the One who truly holds the power of the sun in His hand because He holds all creation in His hand. Now that is power.